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Robert Schwartzman tops Italian F4 pre-season test

by Aditya Banerjee
Robert Schwartzman

Photo: ACI Sport

Russian driver?Robert Schwartzman topped the timesheets for Cram Motorsport at the Italian F4 pre-season test session held at Adria, in what was the first collective running for the championship ahead of its inaugural season.

The 14-year-old, who won the WSK Final Cup in the KF Junior class in 2013, set a time of 1m15.525s around the 2.6 km racetrack during the morning session.

Italian driver?Andrea Russo, driving for Diegi Motorsport, was exactly three-tenths of a second behind Schwartzman, with compatriot?Mattia Drudi?making it a Cram 1-3 in the timesheets.

Ferrari Driver Academy member?Lance Stroll?of Canada was the best Prema Powerteam driver in fourth, four-tenths off the pace. The rest of the field?was at least a second adrift of Schwartzman, with?Gustavo Bandeira, Florida Winter Series driver?Takashi Kasai,?Sebastian Merchan,?Leonardo Pulcini,?Keith Camilleri,?and?Alain Valente?completing the top ten in the morning.

Pulcini, who raced against Schwartzman in the KF Junior class in 2013, topped the afternoon session, but he fell short of the Russian’s best time by 0.05 seconds.

Russo was second quickest, ahead of Drudi and Stroll, the aforementioned drivers being the only ones who were able to get into the 1m15s mark.

Bandeira was fifth fastest for DAV, ahead of Russian driver Ivan Matveev, who has been confirmed for the upcoming season with SMP Racing by Euronova. Schwartzman, Valente, Kasai and Matteo Desideri completed the top ten.

The 2014 season gets underway at the Autodromo di Adria on 7 June.

Combined results
Pos Driver Team Morning session Afternoon session
1 Robert Schwartzman Cram Motorsport 1:15.525 1:16.503
2 Leonardo Pulcini Euronova 1:17.710 1:15.576
3 Andrea Russo Diegi Motorsport 1:15.844 1:15.756
4 Mattia Drudi Cram Motorsport 1:15.844 1:15.809
5 Lance Stroll Prema Poweteam 1:15.924 1:15.878
6 Gustavo Bandeira DAV Racing 1:16.551 1:16.076
7 Ivan Mateev Euronova No time 1:16.490
8 Alain Valente Jenzer Motorsport 1:17.861 1:16.570
9 Takashi Kasai Prema Powerteam 1:17.413 1:17.028
10 Matteo Desideri Antonelli Motorsport 1:18.122 1:17.171
11 Nico Rindlisbacker Jenzer Motorsport 1:18.561 1:17.219
12 Keith Camilleri Malta Formula Racing 1:17.854 1:17.348
13 Edi Haxhiu Cram Motorsport 1:19.037 1:17.375
14 Sebastian Merchan Tatuus tester 1:17.591 1:17.590
15 Jonathan Giudice Antonelli Motorsport 1:20.624 1:18.670